History

Today is the 50th anniversary of the law that led to our nation's public television and radio systems. Great Lakes Today -- a collaborative led by WBFO Buffalo, ideastream Cleveland and WXXI Rochester -- is a part of that system. So we're ready to celebrate.

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For decades, the Great Lakes have offered locations for corporate magnates to build luxurious houses with remarkable water views. But it's tough to match the pair of Chicago mansions up for sale -- for $22 million -- along the shore of Lake Michigan.

The Maumee River runs more than 100 miles before emptying into Lake Erie in Ohio. And it carries a lot of the farm runoff that triggers algae blooms.  But a new book explains that there’s more to the river.

Ryan Schnurr spent a week walking and canoeing the length of the river last summer.

He has turned that experience into a book called In the Watershed.  It’s part memoir and part lesson on the Maumee’s place in history.

Michigan Radio

Hidden in plain sight in northern Michigan is a rustic getaway where wealthy Americans have hiked, fished and relaxed for more than a century. The Huron Mountain Club spreads along the south shore of Lake Superior, running across more than 20,000 acres of land and water.

And it only 50 regular members.

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Final part of a series

I meet Kim Smith-Woodford on a rainy day at Euclid Creek Reservation east of Cleveland.  It’s a big wooded area, with a trail lining the creek and shelters for birthday parties.

The park is an urban oasis – where folks from all backgrounds go for exercise or a picnic.  And it means a lot to Smith-Woodford.  It’s where she became more interested in the outdoors.

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